Plaque is a sticky soft film of bacteria that cause decay and cavities it traps all of the nasty stuff close to tooth enamel where it can feast on and wear away teeth with harmful acids. Plaque is made up of invisible masses of harmful germs that live in the mouth and stick to the teeth.
You cannot visit a dentist for a professional tooth cleansing regularly so here we will tell you some things that you can do at home to fight or remove plaque.
Proper brushing is one of the best methods of plaque removal and many people do not brush their teeth properly. First of all, you need a good brush and if the bristles are bent out to the sides now it’s time to get a new toothbrush.
Most people do not care of this thing and they use the brush long way as they can. According to the dentists’ recommendation, brush should be changed after three months and remember, get a new toothbrush with the arrival of a new season. When fall, summer, spring arrives, go and get a new one to protect your teeth.
Brush your teeth at least twice a day, once for early in the morning before breakfast and again at night before going to bed. You should be brushing for two straight minutes each time, many of us rush through our brushing and spend closer to 45 seconds to a single minute that just is not long enough.
For optimal plaque removal, hold your toothbrush at a 45 degree angle against the gum line and brush stroking back and forth across the surface of each tooth, next brush behind each brush using up and down strokes.
After you have brushed every surface of each tooth, take a few seconds to brush your tongue also, ridding it of the bacteria that can cause bad breath.
Use the right kind of toothbrush and toothpaste:
Most dentist say that a brush with soft and rounded nylon bristles is best for removing plaque. Small head brush is preferred because it can easily reach into the whole mouth area.
Electric toothbrushes are best for those people who have manual dexterity and these electric toothbrushes are also great for kids because they find them fun to use.
Use good fluoride toothpaste because fluoride strengthens teeth and protects them from decay and from the formation of cavities.
Flossing is your best defense against plaque and dentists rank it even higher than brushing. Flossing is highly beneficial to you overall dental health and hygiene and it is an excellent way to remove the plaque and food particles between the teeth. Floss your teeth at regular basis or atleast twice a week.
Use baking soda:
Baking soda is the most popular and effective thing for removing plaque and whitening of teeth. Combine 1 tablespoon of baking soda with a pinch of salt, slightly wet your toothbrush with warm water and dip it into the mixture.
Scrub your teeth with the mixture and spit, repeat the same process for five minutes and then rinse it off with plain water.